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Where Beers are
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It's All About
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Not True-  
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The Best Beer  
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Judge Beer Like a Pro

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Beer World Records

Beer and Taxes

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Summer is Beer Time

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DB15 Cask Commissioner
Brian Lynch (left) and Fritz
Maytag, founder of Anchor
Brewing celebrate buying a
minority share of The Jersey
Cyclones of the International
Pro Roller Derby Beer League.
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DB15 shirts are here!
Choose from two different 4-color shirts. One with our Uncle Sam DB 15 logo
or one with the club motto -
" I'd rather die of thirst than drink from the cup of mediocrity"
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If you are not currently on the DB15 mailing list or would
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stop in the Gaslight and ask your friendly
bartender for a registration form.  
New members always welcome - it's a pefect time to join.
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The DB15 is the largest beer appreciation organization in New
Jersey, but what about the East Coast?  Well it's time to make
our move.  Bring a new member to the next meeting, have them
officially register, and get a Gaslight beer compliments of the
DB15 Cask Commissioners.

Why sign up for the club dues full payment plan?

Enjoy the many benefits available to club members on the
full-payment plan. A one time fee of only $65 covers all meetings,
plus discounts for DB15 special events.

This year members received benefits that totaled well
over the dues
amount.  Substantial discounts were provided for the TAP NY
beer fest trip, the Newark Bears baseball outing, the NJ Brewers
Festival, and the Victorian Dinner.  In addition members on the full
pay plan are exempt from the individual meeting beer fee which is
now $10 per person.
Ask any Cask Commissioner
for the full details at the next meeting.
15 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ
Nest Meeting - 2/21/16 - Sunday
4:00 PM at the Gaslight
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changed. Get the story from
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Brewers Guild
D.J. Soboti
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DB15's only
Member Emeritus
Medal winners from our
Maibock Home Brew Challenge  
Vince Capano (bronze)   and
Livingston Hinckley (silver).
Scott Renio (gold)  not present.

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January Meeting Notes
by Dan Hodge

Several changes in meeting dates were announced.
Due to the conflict with Valentine’s Day the February
meeting will be moved to February 21st.  Our March
meeting ( IPA Brackets) has been changed to March 6th
because of scheduling conflicts. Our April meeting will be
the trip to TAP-NY on April 24 and the May meeting date
will now be May 15 due to Mother's  day falling on our
usual second Sunday of the month.  

Dues for DB 15 will remain at $65 for the upcoming year so
the yearly dues plus the ticket for Tap NY will be $125.
Essentially that means $60 buys a member coffee and bagels
in the Gaslight, a bus ride featuring draught beer on the bus,
admission to the festival which includes four plus hours of
drinking great craft beers ,free chow of all kinds, and a bus
ride home, provided the member can find the bus after four
plus hours of drinking great craft beers.

The actual meeting commenced at 4:10pm.

Members present were: Dan Hodge, Dan Soboti, DJ Soboti.
Vince Capano, Jeff Levine, Matt Chuchla, Vince Holmes,
Chris Johnson. Livingstoin Hinckley, Mark Ferguson,
Andrew MacKenzie, Tom Nooney, Brandon Einhorn, Glenn
De Luca, and Leo Porter-Lee. Non member present was
Troy Titus who paid the $10 admission fee.

The meeting was a presentation of “barrel” aged beers
with each attendee rating the brews according to his own
likes on a score of one to ten (best)  

Beer #9 - 119 points  Blue Mountain Barrel House
Beer #3 - 110 points Cricket Hill Imperial Barrel Aged Porter
Beer #10 - 102 points Big Muddy Backwoods Monster
Imperial Brown Ale
Beer # 6  - 96 points Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout
Beer #11 -  95 points Uinta Cockeyed Cooper Barrel
Aged Barleywine
TIE  94 points:  Beer # 7, Traquir House Barrel Aged Ale
and Beer #4 Saranac Barrel Aged Imperial Porter
Beer #5 - 90 points  Rock Art The Vermonster Barleywine
Beer#1 -  88 points Stone Bourbon Barrel  Bastard Ale
Beer #8 -  68 points Brooklyn Black Ops
Left over beers were raffled off

The beers tried AFTER the meeting. were all homebrews:
1. Hodge's 2015 Mad Elf Clone
2. Hinckley's Woody Wet Double Bastard
3. Capano's It Could be Worse IPA


Members - don't forget to pick up your
free DB15 half
liter stein at the meetings.  Steins are also available
for purchase.

It's not to late to enter the Dopplebock home brew contest.  
See Dan at the Gaslight for all the details..

November Meeting Notes

October Meeting Summary

September Meeting Summary

August Meeting Summary

July Meeting Summary

Have an idea for a future meeting?  
Just tell any of the
Cask commissioners or e-mail it here.


Dues: $65 which includes all club meetings and all
event discounts.  The total savings equal much
MORE than the amount of the dues!
NOTE - Non-members now pay $10 per meeting.

Join Dan Hodge on a tour of
Birmingham, UK - HERE
Spread the word about  craft beer-
read how it's done in
more great beer articles
Do you need a
Beer Reality Check?
If you don't home brew you
should read this:
To Brew or Not to Brew


Check out member Glenn DeLuca's latest
beer musings in
The Big G Beer Beat

Read the behind the
scenes story and
watch the trailer for
the  upcoming
TV series"Beer
Snobs" filmed
at the Gaslight
Did you make it to the
picture booth at
TAP-NY?  Click

to see  eight
from last year's
trip who did.
The Finest Executive Gifts
featuring items for beer lovers
Use coupon code
"BEER" for 20% discount
DB 15 Member Discount!
The Finest Executive Gifts
featuring items for beer lovers
Use coupon code
"BEER" for 20% discount
Remember -
All meetings are
generally held on
the second
Sunday of the
month, 4 PM,
at the Gaslight.
Congratulations to
club member
Doug Vohden  
for winning the Gold
Medal and "Best in Show"
at the NJ State Fair
Homebrew Competition
Read the latest
news from the
NJ Craft
Brewers Guild
George Clooney
a noted beer
drinker WILL
attend our

What celebrity
will be next??
Jack has been
Co-winners of the
Member of the Year award
Tom Nooney, Faith Franzino,
Glenn Deluca.  
Show your appreciation and buy them
a beer at Gaslight!
Wins Title of
Best Beer in NJ
in the

Note the Date

Feb. 21
All welcome to enter
see Dan at Gaslight.

Don't miss some of
the finest home
brewers in the state
vying for the coveted
DB15 Gold Medal.  
Everyone present will
vote for the winner!


Doppel’ meaning
“double,” this style is
a bigger and stronger
version German-style
bock beers.Originally
made by monks in
Munich.  Very rich
and malty. Can have
significant melan-
oidins and often some
toasty flavors. Lighter
versions will a strong
malt flavor and toasty
notes. A  slight
chocolate flavor is
optional but should
never be perceived
as roasty or burnt.
Clean lager flavor
with no diacetyl.
Some fruitiness
(prune, plum or
grape) is optional.
There will be an
impression of
alcoholic strength, but
this should be smooth
and warming  Little to
no hop flavor. Fairly
sweet, but should
have an impression of
attenuation. The
sweetness comes
from low hopping,
Body: Soft
Commercial Examples
Paulaner Salvator,
Ayinger Celebrator,
Doppelbock Dunkel,
Spaten Optimator

March 6
IPA Bracket
over 30 IPAs

April 24
Trip to TAP-NY
Beerfest - this always
sells out so get your
tickets soon.  
Combo Plan - yearly
dues and TAP trip
only $125 total.

Congratulations to
Head Brewer
D.J. Soboti
and the entire
Gaslight Team!